Roddy Doyle

reads from

Smile:
A Novel

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Date

Nov
1
Wednesday
November 1, 2017
6:00 PM

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$5.00 - On Sale Now

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Harvard Book Store welcomes RODDY DOYLE, the author of the Booker Prize–winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, for a reading from his latest book, Smile—a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.

About Smile

Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick.

Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories—of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor’s own small claim to fame, as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio. But it’s the memories of school, and of one particular brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Praise

“The first-person narrative is fresh and bracing from Page 1 . . . It isn't until the final pages that the reader understands just what Doyle has done, and it might take a rereading to appreciate just how well he has done it. The understatement of the narrative makes the climax all the more devastating.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Doyle flavors a compelling character study with a soupçon of suspense, misdirecting readers for a powerful purpose that is only revealed at the shocking, emotionally charged ending.” —ALA Booklist

“[Doyle’s] masterly language and honesty. . . [and] ability to convey so much meaning through rapid-fire dialog in the Irish vernacular is unsurpassed. . . Readers anticipating Doyle’s trademark wit and warmth will instead encounter a psychological mystery with an enigmatic ending that will have them flipping to the beginning looking for clues.” —Library Journal

Update:

  • This event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment. 
  • Those who have purchased online tickets will be refunded automatically.
  • Those who purchased tickets in the store may return them for a refund.
  • Those who purchased tickets by phone will be contacted to arrange a refund.
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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